The creation myth of the Amalj'aa holds that, in the beginning, there was only Ifrit. The world he spawned was filled with beasts bereft of reason or intellect, each fighting an endless, mindless battle for survival. But there was one race of great lizards whose ferocity so pleased the Lord of the Inferno that he bequeathed unto them flickering motes shared from his own primordial flame.
This sacred fire took purchase in the lizards' souls, burning away frailty and weakness, and from the ashes of their transformation stepped the first warriors of the Amalj'aa. Seven males and seven females there were, and from their joining were born seven tribes. It is told that the tribes ranged far and wide, and ruled all that walked or crawled upon the land.
Known in the present day as Zanr'ak, the place where Ifrit is said to have blessed the Amalj'aa ancestors has been a site of enduring conflict down through the centuries. Once Belah'dia and now Ul'dah, the lizard-like beastmen will make a foe of any who infringe upon the blasted territory they believe kissed by the holy flames of their god.